Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Everyone has a different spin

I posted ESPN's projected starters and pitching rotation earlier. Here is what has to say on the subject.

Projected batting order
1. 2B Marcus Giles: .291 BA, 15 HR, 63 RBIs in 2005
2. SS Edgar Renteria: .276 BA, 8 HR, 70 RBIs in 2005
3. 3B Chipper Jones: .296 BA, 21 HR, 72 RBIs in 2005
4. CF Andruw Jones: .263 BA, 51 HR, 128 RBIs in 2005
5. 1B Adam LaRoche: .259 BA, 20 HR, 78 RBIs in 2005
6. RF Jeff Francoeur: .300 BA, 14 HR, 45 RBIs in 2005
7. C Brian McCann: .278 BA, 5 HR, 23 RBIs in 2005
8. LF Ryan Langerhans: .267 BA, 8 HR, 42 RBIs in 2005

Projected rotation
1. John Smoltz, 14-7, 3.06 ERA in 2005
2. Tim Hudson, 14-9, 3.52 ERA in 2005
3.John Thomson, 4-6, 4.47 ERA in 2005
4. Horacio Ramirez, 11-9, 4.63 ERA in 2005
5. Jorge Sosa, 13-3, 2.55 ERA in 2005 or Kyle Davies, 7-6, 4.93 ERA in 2005

Projected bullpen
Closer: Chris Reitsma, 15 saves, 3.93 ERA in 2005
RH setup man: Blaine Boyer, 3.11 ERA in 2005
LH setup man: Macay McBride, 5.79 ERA in 2005

This one is virtually the same but with Kyle Davies in the mix as a possible starter. He is young (22) with great stuff but it will be atoss up between him and Sosa. They are both possibilities for moving to the bullpen or keeping around if one of the starters gets hurt.

It also puts Giles in the leadoff spot and Renteria second. Bobby Cox is gonna have trouble finding a way to balance the two of them at the top of the orders. They are both No. 2 hitters, not leadoff.

Reitsma again finds himself in the closers spot but the question is how long will he stay there. He has time to prove himself, he just has to be better than last year.

Kelly Johnson was left out of the mix here, but I assure you he won't be this season. He took a while to get hit his stride last year but once he did he lit up the score board. I don't expect miracles, he is 22, but he has alot of talent and with hitting coach Terry Pendleton around he is going to knock a few balls around.


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